Rhoades' Scholar Stout | South Shore Brewery

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Rhoades' Scholar StoutRhoades' Scholar Stout
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Rhoades' Scholar StoutRhoades' Scholar Stout

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South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 04-07-2002

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of mwilbur
4.86/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark black with thin very dark brown head. Inviting.
S: One word...tremendous. Sweet aromas hit first...banana, cream, sweet roasted malt, caramel. Then clove, root beer, and anise come through with deeper inhalation. A hint of dark burnt wood, oat and grain too. A truly wonderful smell!
T: Smooth, creamy roast malt. Banana and clove. Sweet cream. Caramel, anise, and burnt oak in the background. Very fresh and complex!
M: Very smooth on the tongue. Coats well, lingers and matures with time. Slight acidic bite at the end develops with warming. Again, wonderful.
D: Very, very, very drinkable...too drinkable if possible. Could drink this every day, all day. Initially the type of stout was hard to pin down. It has the softness of an oatmeal stout and the creamy sweetness of a milk stout. Also has aspects of hefeweizen dunkel or Belgian beers with the banana and clove. Wonderfully complex (take your time with this one to enjoy how it changes over a fairly wide temp range) and one I will keep coming back to again and again. I came across this in Grand Marais, MN. Unfortunately I did not find it on tap (I could only find it's lesser kin--Nut Brown--on tap). Seek this out and enjoy! You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Thanby
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque rich brown in color, minimal dark head, a bit of dark lacing.

Very strong on the light side of smoky, if that makes sense. Rich high malt, coffee, chocolate, a bit of caramel. The most prominent scent is pure cacao. Seems like it's going to be a very fun and flavorful stout.

The taste does not disappoint after testing the smell. The cacao is definitely strong, but not overpowering. There's a pleasant smokiness that's typical from a stout but it's not the dominant flavor like most. The balance reminds me of an oatmeal stout, but without the oatmeal. It's full-bodied but lighter in flavor, like coffee with a bit of creamer and sugar. One thing that's kind of subtle is a brief scent and taste of citrus right before the full flavor actually hits. It's unusual but it's a pleasant surprise. You have to be careful to notice it.

Very smooth and rich and generally pleasant to drink. It's refreshing to drink a stout that doesn't take itself to be badass and likes to play in the upper register.

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Photo of dfillius
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of fizzy dark tan head (nice color) with very poor retention. Nearly opaque black liquid with small ruby notes at bottom. More head please.

S: Rich chocolate, almost like brownies. Vanilla, the coffee aisle at the supermarket. Mmmm! The best part about this beer.

T: Slight toffee, mostly bitter dark chocolate. Sweet front followed by bitter roasted flavors. A little tart/sourness at finish. Very tasty.

M: Quite bitter from roastiness. Smooth, perhaps oily. Full bodied.

D: Very good. A good winter beer. I would order another and buy a six pack of this.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours oil black with very little head. It smells of malts, raisins, and a slight smoky flavor. The flavor leans towards a brown sugar/caramel flavor. Theres the slightest touch of smokiness right away then leads into the malty-sweetness that is present. My only knock on this beer is that the flavor doesn't linger as long as I like on stouts, but it does encourage you take another drink rather quickly.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The black body glows crimson around the edges when held up to light, sitting darkly beneath two fingers of coarse, frothy tan head; retention isn’t the best I’ve seen, but the lace left behind is nice and chunky. Good looking stout.

S: It smells sweet and heavily roasted at the same time, with huge chocolate malt presence. Chocolate, grain husk, coffee, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. I’m torn between thinking that this aroma is magical, or woefully amateurish – it reminds me a lot of a couple (mediocre) homebrew stouts I’ve done, but in a good way. The maltiness of the malt is just so prominent, that it’s almost like smelling the grinder at a homebrew store. The longer I smell it, the more convinced I become that it smells great.

T: More dark fruits than the aroma suggested, but with all the chocolate, coffee, and molasses maltiness as well. Bitter, ashy, burnt finish. Intense and enjoyable, but the astringency of the finish keeps it from being top-notch.

M: Fairly thick, moderately carbonated body. A little sticky, but quite nice.

O: This was one of the first craft-brewed stouts I ever drank (maybe THE first) back in high school, and I love it as much now as I did back then. There’s just enough sweetness to balance out the supreme roastiness of all the specialty malts, and no hint of booze. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of something like the Nigerian Guinness Foreign Export Stout (sorry for the rather obscure comparison), but the prominence of the malt per se sets this one apart. Terrific beer.


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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mmmBeeeer for sharing the riches of his world travels with me.

Bottle inspection: Nothing informative other than the label states it is “Northeastern Wisconsin’s first microbrewery established in 1995”.

Aroma: Wet roasted grains, grape nuts, mild cream coffee notes billow out of the snifter. No hop aroma noted.

Appearance: A jet black inky pour with a thin tan head that does not retain long. It quickly dissipates to a sticky ring around the glass.

Flavor: Dark roasted grains, French roast coffee, a touch papery (possibly oxidized?), a bit of some charcoal smokiness on the back of the palate. Subsequent samples yield a little bit of creamy sweetness that compliments the roasted profile nicely.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy. Vibrant carbonation that is pushing the boundaries given the style. Residual sweetness coats the palate and makes for a nice lingering finish.

Overall impression: The smokiness is understated but definitely present and a bit odd for what it’s supposed to be. There is still a nice balance of roasted and creamy/sweetness that makes this a highly enjoyable brew. Nothing over the top but very well done and close to style. I will look for this again if I’m ever in Wisconsin. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a trade I got this beer sent my way! This is a very impressive Stout. Pours the requisite deep dark color with a lasting medim thick light brown head. Nice roasted coffee aroma with a little hops. Warm and pleasant coffee and malt flavor. I really liked this one.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out black with a large, dense, tan head. The aroma is sweet with dark malts. Sweet malty flavor with a nice roastiness. The flavor is like a sweet milk stout. Not at all cloying. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. This beer has not gotten very high ratings, but I really enjoyed it. A full bodied stout with a nice flavor.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dav2080
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dartk tan/ brown-ish head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a roasty malt. In the taste, a nice roasty malt, a sweetness of oatmeal and even a lactose sweetness too. A small bitter and malty body mouthfeel and semi sweet oatmeal aftertaste. A very nice stout, good taste, good aroma, easy to drink.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's several months ago, figured I better try it before it goes bad.

Pours a dark black with a finger and a half of chocolate head that fades quickly to nothing. Smell is full of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted barley malts. Taste mirrors the nose, gobs of roated coffee, toasted bread and barley malts give it a porter like finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with fine carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit as it's a little on the lactose/sweet side, but otherwise a tasty milk stout that should be getting higher marks than it does. This one surprised me, give it a chance.

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Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown/ black color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast and leaves a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: strong aroma of roasted coffee, very reminiscent of coffee with sugar added, there is no hop presence in the aroma
t: strong roasted coffee taste, the sweetness really comes in to the flavor towards the finish very similar to a nice cup of coffee with light amount of sugar added
m: deffinatly towards the full side of medium if not full bodied, little carbonation

overall, wow this is truly an amazing beer i enjoyed it very much its very drinkable

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Photo of TheThirdFloyd
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Not quite black, extreme deep brown, opaque. Stiff pour into a standard pint glass rendered a finger of off white head, light lace
S- Sweet light vanilla, maybe a touch of chantilly lace, countered by a bit of the familiar roastiness I'd generally associate with an Irish Stout
T- I really like the balance here. Sweeter than its Irish cousin, but I thought it retained a good amount of roasted malt, high cacao count chocolate, and espresso notes that didn't really match the mouthfeel I'm about to touch on...
M- I agree with some of the other reviews claiming this to be a watery brew. While I am grading it down on not matching the style or its own flavors, really, it does work its way into the drinkability factor.
D- I think this is definitely a sessionable beer, I'd say a 5.8%ABV? The light mouthfeel makes it a beer you may be able to sit down and enjoy a couple more of than other beers of similar flavor profiles. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin beige head that goes away to nothing minute. Jet black beer ith a very thin highlight ring of dak brown at th top of the beer. Faintly nutty and upfront cream on roasted coffee beans make up this beer's aroma. A fizzy roasted malt that becomes better defined as gourmet coffee grounds. The finish has a light milk and cocoa-nut afterglow. Creamy yet fizzy palate. This has English written all over it. Sweet,dry and drinkable.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black liquid with slivers of dark cherry highlights. Nice off-white tannish creamy head of foam about a finger high. Smell is faint of dark roasted malts and old-been-sitting to-long-coffee. Taste is nice coffeeish, roasted darken malts, lingering a bit in burntness and chocolate, ends in a moderate hop twinge of bittering dryness. Good soild full medium body with a earthy darkened dryness in the finish. Good stout offering.

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Photo of Strix
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like coffee, with a tinge of cocoa and a bit of alcohol detectable in the smell. Tastes like coffee too, and leaves a roasted coffee/ faint dark chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit weak, but the overall taste is very pleasant. As it warms a bit, sweeter tones come out, tasting a bit like chocolate milk. While I think this could benefit from a more substantial mouthfeel, this is not a bad milk stout.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque, light crimson at foot, with a fizzy roasted tan head, but slim and soon disappearing.

Aroma is roast, espresso, some cocoa and carob...no, lots of cocoa. Sweet, and only slightly bitter, with just enough roast in there.

Sweetness, with the sidekick of bitter, returns in the taste. Full-bodied, but could be fuller. And although the taste is pleasant, it never develops into anything more than that.
Gets a little too sweet, actually...I almost don't like it...but it never displeases that much. It's a nice enough stout, just doesn't have enough rewards to warrant returning to.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review: Sampled @ Great Taste. None of the astringency that appeared in the bottle. Roasty with ample body to it. T/M/D gets higher marks this time around.

Original review:
At face value this looks pretty good. Creamy mocha head, black body. Not much lacing, but the head is dense.

Licorice aroma, lactic milk sugar, tobacco. It seems almost fruity at first, but after a few minutes this passes.

First thing I notice is an astringent twang, that distracts from the flavor. Residual tobacco and bakers chocolate, some ashy char reminiscent of a campfire. The body is watery, and lacks substance. Overall this drinks ok, despite some flaws. I'll find another bottle and re-review if I see it again.

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Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, black, with a thin veil of coffee colored foam.

This greeted me with a slightly smokey aroma, and as I sipped it, there were elements of mint and licorice as well. The roasted malts are subdued. Hops do not play a strong roll, other than to keep the malt in check,

In terms of style, this is a bit of an inbetweener, as it seems a little dry for a sweet stout, a little sweet for a dry stout. But you could call that balance and not worry too much about the details. It's an enjoyable brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of Realale
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black with beautiful ruby highlights. Head is mocha with a mixture of very fine creamy and large bubbles and leaves nice lacing down the pint.

Nose is slightly sweet with roast grains. Some support from bready base malt, and a bit of caramel as well. A bit of fruitiness from the yeast (dried cherry, plum) is unexpected, but not unpleasant.

Medium weight in the mouth with solid maltiness and more fruitiness. Initially a bit watery in the mid-palate, but this fills in nicely as the beer warms. Ends up being quite full of flavor with good length on the finish. Reminds me of a less intense version of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.

Soft creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and nice for a session. Good complement to food as well. Many thanks to Ave for the sample.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a huge dark tan head that is bigger than the body even with the most gentle pour. The head keeps growing over the glass and sits proud about an inch. The head last a good while and turns rocky. The carbonation is strong in the black body but the bubbles can be seen racing to the surface.

S- This beer has notes of roasted smooth dark malt and raisins with a hint of chocolate malt when it warms.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt flavor with rich dark roasted malt note and a soft oak and dry wood hint in the background. There are hints of dark raisins and rum without the alcohol taste. The soft tangy note in the malt gives way to the earthy nougat and cold espresso notes in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture

D- This beer is over carbonated but the smooth flavor is nice although no much for depth of flavor. Everything is blended together and I don't taste any milk stout qualities.

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Photo of SF_Posse
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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